The southern province of Binh Duong on August 28 kicked off construction of a 1,500-bed general hospital in Thu Dau Mot city.

The 19-storey new hospital will be built at a total cost of over 2.3 trillion VND (110 million USD). Its construction is expected to be completed within nearly one year.

According to Vice President of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Nam, the current 1,000-bed Binh Duong General Hospital , equipped with out-dated machines, is always overloaded and no longer able to effectively provide healthcare services to the booming local population of around 1.8 million.

Therefore, the new hospital, with modern and high-quality equipment, will better serve the increasing demands of local residents, he said.-VNA